Once Upon a Time…

I looked at my calendar yesterday, as I usually do on Sundays, to see what the week would have in store for me. Who is on Nerdy. What are in my plans. What meetings or practices or events do I need to be at or shuttle Jr. Librarian to. I looked at the schedule for … Continue reading

Lessons Learned

So I had the best of intentions of writing some kind of narrative of every day in March. Only to blow it on Day One. I wrote on my blog yesterday morning but it wasn’t really a narrative so I didn’t post the link on the Two Writing Teachers blog. I was pretty sure that … Continue reading

The Joy of New Beginnings

I am a huge fan of beginnings. Beginnings speak the language of hope and possibilities for me. A fresh clean page in a notebook could become anything I want it to be – from a mundane to-do list to the first page of a novel to a love letter. Beginnings make me think of puppies … Continue reading

Dream Writing Spaces

Ever since I read Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own,” I have dreamed about having some kind of dedicated writing space. In some daydreams it’s fancy with floor-to-ceiling shelves. In others, it’s just a space that is away from everything else. Some days I just think in practical terms – that it needs to … Continue reading

A Quick Joy Update

These last couple of weeks have been an adventure. Tons of winter weather, missed days of school – and a power surge that wiped out our internet for a few days. This past week though, I felt like we finally were able to get back to some semblance of a routine. Though we had off … Continue reading

One Day at a Time

I’m a planner. A dreamy idealist planner. I get excited about the big picture and look at ways that I can get there. I make list after list and scribble notes in the margins of notebooks and church bulletins about what I can do with this idea or that. Some of it ends up like … Continue reading

Digital Learning Day 2014

I admit that I didn’t really do much planning to do anything special on Digital Learning Day this year. Turns out that I didn’t need to because I think my students will likely be putting their digital devices and access to authentic use today thanks to the dreadful weather Mother Nature has blessed us with. … Continue reading

While You Were Sleeping…

You know, some days I feel like this not-sleeping-thing is a curse. Other days, I view it as a privilege. After all, had I not been WIDE AWAKE at 4 am this morning, I would never have gotten to do all of this stuff before any of the fellow humans inhabiting this house woke up. … Continue reading

Overdue Celebrations

It’s been a while since I have posted anything here – in large part because it’s been a really awful couple of weeks. I’ve been sick. It was the end of the marking period. I actually was hoping/praying for snow days on more than one occasion. (Don’t judge, colleagues. You’ve been there, too.) I felt … Continue reading

A Slice of Energy

Some days I wake up and feel ready to go. Today was not one of those days. I got up at 4 like normal and made sure the Nerdy post was ready to run. I checked my email and replied to a few messages. I thought about what I would write for this post. Ordinarily … Continue reading